Volunteer News - September

Updated: Aug 31, 2020

The latest news and opportunities for ELC volunteers in Indian River County.

Roving Nature Guides

ELC Roving Nature Guides (RNGs) allow guests to experience the beauty of the ELC campus on a deeper level. As we get into the cooler weather and hopefully more visitors we’d love to have RNGs available to highlight areas of campus. Social distancing should be easy enough with individual groups wearing masks.

We have several experienced RNGs who can be shadowed by interested volunteers. Most RNGs do a 2 hr. shift, either 10am-Noon, 11am-1pm or 1-3pm. If you are interested please go to the Volunteer Portal to view the Nature Guide Manual. The password is volunteer (all lower case). Then contact nancy@discoverelc.org to get started.

Greeter Desk Partially Opened

The Entry Pavilion remains closed however we are using volunteers at the Greeter desk to open the door (with a mask) when visitors drive in. The Greeter goes outside to show visitors the Biocube scavenger hunt (cart is outside the Entry), encourage visitors to take a picture of the maps located outside the front and back of the Entry Pavilion and take advantage of the audio tour. The Greeter can make visitors aware of the photo exhibit in the Lagoon Room and visit the aquarium tanks in the Discovery Station. Visitors should also be made aware of the pontoon trips, guided kayak/canoe trips and rentals. If you are interested in possibly helping as a Greeter you can shadow a current Greeter. The shifts are 9am-12:30pm and 12:30-4pm every day.

Beach Cleanup with NOAA Planet Stewards

September 26th from 9:00 to 11:00 at Golden Sands the ELC will be hosting a beach clean up lead by ELC educator Heather Feather. This beach clean-up is part of NOAA Planet Stewards project focusing on being active stewards of our environment in removing and reducing marine debris. Our high school GreenTeen!s and interns will be collecting the trash that we collect to help make a new display on plastic marine debris for our Discovery Station. Come joining the start of this very exciting new project to get these teens engaged! Contact heatherk@discoverelc.org with questions.

Volunteering From Home

If you can't make it into the ELC, there are still a few ways you can really help further our mission! We are working hard to engage a larger audience and strengthen our online presence. There are a few ways you can do this right from the comfort of your home:

  • Facebook - share our posts! yes it's that simple, the more our posts are shared by our followers the better rankings we get with Facebook. If you see a post you like, or think others would appreciate, please share with your network. And ask your friends and family to follow us.

  • Google Reviews - If you love the ELC, let the world know! Submit a review on google. Right now we have 49 reviews and hope to get up to 100 by the end of the year. Just google "Environmental Learning Center Vero Beach" and on the right hand side of your screen scroll down to the reviews, then click "Write a review."

  • TripAdvisor - Have you taken a trip and used TripAdvisor to find a place to go? Help visitors know that the ELC is a must see destination in Vero Beach! Go to the ELC TripAdvisor page and scroll down to the review section and click "Write a review." We are currently #10 of 51 things to do in Vero Beach - and we want to be in the top 5! Thanks for helping us get there.

If you have any questions on how to share, submit a review, or want to get started on social media contact nicole@discoverelc.org.

New Volunteers Needed!

The ELC is in need of volunteers for front desk, events, sponsorship, membership and landscape maintenance. If you are interested in volunteering for these roles please fill out an application form here or contact nancy@discoverelc.org

Thank you for your continued support of the ELC!

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